7 Reasons To Seek Addiction Treatment
Substance use disorder, which is more colloquially known as drug addiction, is a serious mental...
Even if you’ve only been in recovery for one day, hearing the story of your unique journey of transformation can help the people who hear it in a way that nobody else’s story can. This may seem daunting at first, especially when you’re opening up about your addiction to people who are hearing it for the first time. Remember that you don’t know other people’s private battles. For all you know, someone in your circle is fighting addiction themselves and hearing you bravely share your experience could give them the courage to get help as well.
Even the people in your life who aren’t struggling with substance abuse can benefit from hearing your recovery story. Your story contains important lessons in determination, honesty, self-acceptance, and prioritizing what’s really important to you. No matter who you open up to, chances are that anyone hearing it will be struck by the power of your frank discussion about putting in the work to improve yourself. It’s a journey that can inspire others to take a similar hard look at themselves and take the steps needed to make the changes they know they must.
Once you leave treatment, you might not think you have much reason to return. The truth is that any place where you get help for addiction should welcome you with open arms any time you want to come back. In fact, most recovery facilities actively encourage alumni to visit and RECO Intensive makes a point of having alumni back at any time. Visiting your treatment center gives you the chance to reconnect with the staff with whom you formed those crucial relationships of support early on in your recovery. Coming back can reaffirm your commitment to sobriety can help you discover new resources for making the most of your new life.
A big reason treatment centers encourage alumni to visit is so that you can share your story and provide encouragement to people who are currently navigating the acute initial phases of recovery. You’re a living example of someone else who did the hard work of facing your addiction head-on and made the commitment to improve yourself. You don’t have to be a twenty-year veteran of sobriety to act as a positive influence on someone else in recovery. Even if you only made it through treatment a day ahead of someone else, you’re still leading by example.
The same benefits apply to sharing your story with your peers at a 12-Step program or any other recovery meeting. Every person’s path of healing has ups and downs; people join sobriety groups to hold each other accountable and give each other much-needed emotional and mental support. The length or quality of sobriety isn’t what entitles you to share your story or dispense advice. Simply being in recovery is enough to qualify you as an integral part of the community.
Once you’re more stable in your sobriety, you can even consider becoming a sponsor. If you meet another person in recovery whose circumstances you find relatable or to whom you feel a special amount of sympathy or desire to help, you can make a serious and lasting impact on their life. This is the logical next step in sharing your story–digging deeper into a one-on-one connection to foster healing. Becoming a sponsor is a great responsibility. Connect with resources at your local peer support network to learn more about taking this step.
When you open up about your recovery, the people who hear it aren’t the only ones to benefit. Every time you share your story, you reinforce in your own mind your acceptance of your past mistakes and your commitment to sobriety. No matter how much therapy you’ve done or how long you’ve been sober, other people can positively affect how you relate to your addiction. Even if you’ve made total peace with your old mistakes, every time you open up to another person and are received with understanding and acceptance will make a difference in your subconscious self-perception.
Sharing with someone else in recovery is especially beneficial, as it reminds you that you’re not alone in your struggle and that you too deserve camaraderie and respect. Isolation is the quickest route to self-doubt and falling off your journey of healing; by connecting with other people who understand what you’re going through, you alleviate some of the pressure you may place on yourself.
Whether you’ve been in recovery for two days or two decades, you bring something special to the universal conversation of healing. Sharing your story can be the spark that ignites another person’s progress and leads to significant mental and emotional benefits for you at the same time. At RECO Intensive, we know that recovery is a lifelong process and that no matter where you are in that process, your unique path to healing can uplift and inspire others. We encourage alumni to visit our campus to connect with current clients and share their stories. Isolation is the perfect breeding ground for depression, doubt, and cravings–don’t feel like you have to go through this alone. Connecting with others, from your peers in sobriety to treatment professionals, can guide your recovery towards health and long-term success. Reach out to get sober, stay sober, and make a difference. Call (561) 464-6533 to learn more.
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